Hurricane Joaquin Now Category 4; Direct Hit on US Still Uncertain, Flood Warnings in Florida

Hurricane Joaquin strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Thursday as it roared through islands of the eastern Bahamas, and forecasters said it could grow still more intense before following a path that would near the U.S. East Coast.

While the path of Hurricane Joaquin’s path is uncertain, forecasters are certain the storm will be a rainmaker with possibly up to 15 inches of rain in the Carolinas even if there is no landfall in the United States. The latest model analysis Thursday afternoon predicts a more eastern track that could avoid North Carolina and South Carolina.

A powerful hurricane is lashing the Bahamas. The whole system is threatening to head straight north to the United States.